18 Nov, 2021

What Are the Steps of a Varicose Vein Treatment at Medicus?

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At Medicus Vein Care, we put our patients’ safety and comfort first. We know that seeking spider vein or varicose vein treatment can be stressful, especially if you’re new to the process.

We’ve found that the more patients know about treatment, the less intimidating it gets. 

In this guide, you’ll learn what to expect when you come to Medicus Vein Care for varicose vein treatment. You’ll learn what happens at each visit, starting with the consultation, and what your treatment options might be.

We hope it will ease your mind and help you feel comfortable seeking treatment.

Step 1: Free Consultation

All new Medicus patients receive a complimentary consultation with our vein specialists. This first appointment gives you the chance to meet and talk with the professional who will treat your varicose veins. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about your condition, treatment possibilities, and your vein specialist’s background.

During your consultation, your vein specialist will examine the affected area visually and by touch. They may also perform an ultrasound to understand your condition better. Ultrasounds provide a clearer picture of your veins, including those located beneath the skin.

At Medicus Vein Care, vein specialists perform all ultrasounds themselves. You’ll always receive care from a board-certified physician, never a technician.

Step 2: Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging allows vein specialists to develop better, more personalized treatment plans. Ultrasound is a noninvasive test that creates pictures of interior body structures using sound waves.

How Ultrasound Works

To perform the ultrasound, your vein specialist will apply gel to the affected area. A small device called a transducer passes sound waves through the gel into the body. 

The sound waves travel through soft tissue and echo back when they meet firmer substances like veins, cartilage, tendons, or bones. The process works similarly to how a bat navigates by sound, or a dolphin or whale “sees” in the dark ocean with sonar. The transducer captures the echoed sound waves and sends them to a computer, which creates a detailed picture of your varicose veins. 

Ultrasounds are particularly useful for vein conditions because they can show movement as well as static structures. When your vein specialist takes an ultrasound of your varicose veins, they can also see blood flow and potential blockages.

The Role of Your Ultrasound

Your vein specialist will use your ultrasound image to learn more about your varicose veins and create a treatment plan. They will explain how extensive your varicose veins are and what treatments may alleviate your symptoms.

Step 3: Treatment

Your vein specialist will explain everything about your treatment, including the type of treatment they recommend and what the treatment process will entail. 

Varicose Vein Treatment Options

At Medicus Vein Care, we perform four types of varicose vein treatments.

Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that uses laser energy to close varicose veins. After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, the specialist will introduce a thin fiber laser that delivers intense energy to the vein.

Most patients report no discomfort during the procedure. The most common sensation is a gentle internal pressure at the treatment site.

VenaSeal

Medicus Vein Care was the first practice in Martin and Palm Beach Counties to offer this procedure, one of the most advanced varicose vein treatment options available.

VenaSeal uses a strong but safe medical adhesive to close the affected veins. It takes only one treatment and does not require the use of gradient compression stockings during recovery.

Varithena

Varithena is an ultrasound-assisted sclerotherapy treatment. Sclerotherapy is more commonly known as a spider vein treatment, but your vein specialist may recommend it if treatments like VenaSeal or EVLA aren’t a good fit.

Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a specially formulated chemical called a sclerosant into the vein. Varicose vein treatments use a foam version, which sticks more effectively to the vein walls.

Once injected with a fine needle, the foam sclerosant seals the affected vein shut. As with EVLA, there is minimal to no discomfort involved.

Micro-Phlebectomy

The micro-phlebectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure that removes varicose veins at the surface of the skin. It is often recommended for cases in which skin characteristics, size or pressure of the vein make other forms of treatment not possible. 

With this procedure, the varicose veins are completely removed from the leg. The varicose veins removed are mostly superficial or surface veins that are directly underneath the skin. Like the other varicose vein treatment options, there is little to no discomfort, and has zero downtime.

Which Treatment Will Work?

Your vein specialist will explain which treatments might work for you and why. Always feel free to ask questions.

Your Treatment Day

You don’t need to stop any medications or adjust your lifestyle in any way before your varicose vein treatment. Just show up to Medicus Vein Care and meet with your specialist.

You’ll receive treatment from the same vein specialist you met at your consultation and ultrasound. They’ll answer any questions you have and tell you what to expect during and after treatment.

What to Expect During Recovery

There is minimal to no downtime associated with Medicus’s varicose vein treatment procedures. Most patients can walk out of the office immediately after the procedure and drive themselves home. 

We actively encourage walking after varicose vein treatment. It encourages healthy blood flow, which reduces the risk of complications and improves results.

If you experience any soreness at the treatment site, over-the-counter pain relievers usually help.

Step 4: Follow-Up Ultrasound

Plan to return to Medicus Vein Care two weeks after treatment for a follow-up ultrasound. The follow-up lets your vein specialist check to see the treated vein is fully sealed. 

Your vein specialist may recommend you return in three months for another ultrasound. Don’t neglect this appointment — it lets your specialist check that the treated vein stays closed.

Getting Started 

At Medicus Vein Care, we’ve designed the steps of our varicose vein treatment process to be as easy and comfortable as possible for the patient. 

You’ll see the same specialist at every visit. The accessibility of our vein specialists is important to us, and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions. Call our office or use our website’s chat tool, located at the bottom right of your screen.

Call us or book online today for a free consultation with one of our vein specialists.